Territorialism

Last Christmas I bought our ten year old dog her own bed. No big deal; lots of dogs have their own beds, right? It was nothing fancy; just a foam and fabric mattress that she could rest her aging bones on.

"Now THIS will be more comfortable than just the carpet", I thought, imagining her happy little face and big floppy ears resting upon the soft warm cushion, content in the luxury that I had so lovingly bestowed upon her ...

And yet again, I thought wrong.

You see, getting the dog to actually USE the darn thing was a challenge.

To say the least.

Not treats, bones nor toys would entice her to sleep on it. For months that little green bed sat empty...

...while she slept BESIDE it on the hard floor.

Resigning myself to the wasted money and effort, one day our cat took possession of said bed. Constantly finding her curled up in it, Sheba's days and nights were filled with the comfort of her new discovery.





And that was all it took.... after tolerating this invasion for a bit, the dog finally decided it was time to reclaim her lost territory.




Now why the heck I didn't think of this sooner, I'll never know.

What I DO know, is that the cat has more success at training the dog than I do....

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Yellow Fence said...

This is a riot. It's the same with kids. If you want your kid to play with something, give it to someone else. By all means don't just leave it in the middle of the living room!!!

Shannon

BonnieRose said...

so so funny..... great post!

Lynn said...

Great post Maureen! It sure gave me a chuckle today. I have to agree with Shannon, give it to someone else and they want it. My dog would have nothing to do her bed we had for her either, she enjoys my bed too much!

Heather said...

That's too funny! Animals sure do have their own little personalities. They're always good for a laugh! :)

jp said...

I LOVE this! How typical. And what perfect expressions on their faces! Great post, Maureen! Janet

Debbi said...

too flippin funny

Jill said...

TOO cute!!!!!!!! If I ever get a dog, I'll have to remember to let the cats train him (or her). :-)

Maureen said...

LOL...yeah, I just couldn't believe the expressions on their faces... especially that last shot. Sheba disgusted and Casey looking sheepish as she reclaims her "pad".

2 cats and a dog; like having 3 more kids in our place....

Linda said...

How funny! Maybe that is the problem with my dogs, I don't have a cat to train them.

P.L. Frederick said...

Hee hee! Wow, I never thought of that before but, yes, my cat is most accomplished at training the dog. And he does it without handing out canine foodie treats.

Really enjoy this post, Maureen!

P.L. Frederick
Small and Big

Flossie's Follies said...

This is hysterical, love the look on your cat's face, what a great story.

Rachael said...

LOL Definately just like kids!!!

Those pics are priceless!

Pearl Maple - Mandy Collins said...

their little furry faces tell the whole story - which of course is way too funny

Sophia C. said...

How funny! We had this happen with our shihtzu yesterday. She wouldn't even touch the chicken I placed in her bowl. I called in the poodle and the minute I said his name, she ate it in one bite! Sounds like a few kids I've known! Great entry! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sophia

Vegas Princess said...

The cat looking back at the dog in the bed like "damn, that was MY spot" is classic. You have the most expressive pets!

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